Pink: 'Having a Child Is the Best Thing That Could Happen'
"We have no idea what we did before Willow," says the singer, who'll perform at the MTV VMAs
When she moved to Los Angeles 12 years ago, Pink was a very different person from who she is today.
“I was a delinquent,” the Pennsylvania-born singer-songwriter tells PEOPLE in its new issue. “An angry, rebellious, self-righteous, ambitious, crazy person who liked to have too much fun.”
And now? “We have no idea what we did before having Willow,” she says of her 15-month-old daughter with her husband (since 2006), motocross champ Carey Hart. “Having a child is the best thing that could happen.”
Pink, who turns 33 on Saturday – and performs on Thursday’s MTV Video Music Awards – didn’t know what would happen when she returned to the recording studio in January to work on her new album The Truth About Love, due out Sept. 18.
“Every time I make a new record I’m like, ‘I wonder if I can even sing or if I have anything to say,’ ” she says. “I mean, I’ve been changing diapers and having dinner parties, who does that? I don’t even know who I am!”
It turns out writing was like “turning on a faucet,” says the pop star – but just don’t expect lullabies about the joys of motherhood. Instead, fans will get more of the playful kiss-off songs the Grammy-winner’s fans have grown to love.
After all, says Pink, “I’m still nuts, and I’m still angry!”
For much more on Pink’s current life – including how she’s tackled the ups and downs of marriage, and how she got her body back after giving birth – pick up this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday